Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book Review: Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh

Wolf Rain 
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity Book 3
Publication: Berkley (June 4, 2019)

Description: The fate of millions of lives hangs in the balance in this new Psy-Changeling Trinity novel from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh...

Kidnapped as a young girl, her psychic powers harnessed by a madman, Memory lives a caged and isolated existence...until she comes face-to-face with a wolf. Labelled an empath by her bad-tempered rescuer, Memory knows that her 'gift' is nothing so bright. It is a terrible darkness that means she will always be hunted.

But Memory is free now and she intends to live. A certain growly wolf can just deal with it.

Alexei prefers to keep his packmates at bay, the bleak history of his family a constant reminder that mating, love, hope is not for him. But Memory, this defiant and fearless woman who stands toe-to-toe with him awakens the most primal part of his nature--and soon, he must make a choice: risk everything or lose Memory to a murderous darkness that wants to annihilate her from existence...

My Thoughts: This latest in the Psy-Changeling series is centered around the SnowDancer pack of wolves. It especially features Alexi who is one of the lieutenants and a wolf with a deep well of sorrow. His beloved older brother turned rogue and killed his wife before the pack executed him. Besides being angry at his brother, Alexei has deep fears that he will also turn rogue someday.

While Alexei is out for some solitary time in the far reaches of his territory, he is drawn in to a very strong feeling of grief. He has to find the grieving one and assuage their grief. His search leads him to Memory, a Psy empath who has been kept prisoner by a psychopath for fifteen years - since she was eight. Memory is found in a hitherto unknown bunker holding on to the body of her only companion, a cat she named Jitterbug.

Memory is convinced that she is a monster because she was forced to help the psychopath commit his crimes. But Alexei sees the strength and goodness in her and takes her to the training camp where Es are being taught to use their gifts. It is only since Silence fell that Es have been recognized. Their talents weren't valued while Silence reigned.

But it might be the Es who are the only thing holding the failing PsyNet together. The new council is very concerned about the threat of imminent failure of the PsyNet and the millions of deaths of Psy that will ensue it fails. While the wolves and the Arrows are trying to track down Memory's captor, there is still another threat weakening the PsyNet.

I loved the fast pace and the emotional intensity of this episode. I loved Memory's determination to survive, triumph over her enemy, and win the love of her wolf. I loved Alexei's playfulness and determination to protect and shelter his E despite his fears for their future. The romance was hot and very romantic and emotionally intense.

This was an excellent addition to an already strong series.

Favorite Quote:
Unfettered respect wiped away his earlier pity, his wolf looked at her with new eyes. This was how she survived in that bunker.

The woman beside him was a fighter. 
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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